Where do you feel you belong? This is a significant question, and touches upon our deep human need to know we’re part of something bigger, to know we belong.
Novō’s programme aims to teach residents about our basic emotional needs – to be loved, valued, and to belong, amongst others. Understanding that we are constantly seeking ways to meet these needs provides the residents with insight into their motivations for their own behaviours and addictions.
All too often we hear stories of instability and rejection during residents’ childhoods, of times where their emotional needs were not met in their homes. Broken family relationships. Abuse and abandonment.
Naturally, they start to look elsewhere for a sense of belonging and a place where they feel accepted. Gangs on the streets, sleeping in small communities under the bridges, using drink and drugs to fit in with the crowd… or else to numb feelings of worthlessness and aloneness. It works for a short time, and the basic needs are met, even if only superficially. But before long, the destructive consequences of this lifestyle begin to set in, and the drink and drugs become a necessity for survival.
In recovery from addiction, these basic needs to be loved, valued and to belong are as strong as ever. And the challenge (but key to success) in recovery, is discovering new and healthy ways to meet these needs without the use of drugs and alcohol. Through positive relationships. Through discovering true value, purpose and identity. Through a living relationship with Christ and His church.
Novō’s community model is so fundamental in a resident’s recovery process. It creates a secure place in which to belong, which in turn builds self-worth and increased emotional security. We aim to grow this sense of community through various aspects of the programme including shared meal times, therapeutic groups, regular times of worship and prayer, work therapy (as a team) and occasional social trips out together.
As in any community or family, there have been fallouts and frustrations, and sadly there are always a number of residents who choose to leave the programme before completing. When this happens, it affects the rest of the community, and serves as a stark reminder to all of us of the challenging nature of recovery from addiction. But overall, the residents are united by a common desire to leave their addiction behind them and start life afresh.
Please pray with us for unity and peace within the community – that it would be a place of true belonging and transformation!
“There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;
if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26
INTRODUCING NOVŌ’S ANNUAL REVIEW
As Christians, we also have the benefit of belonging to a much wider community – the worldwide church! As Novō we are so grateful to all our supporters, far and wide, who have played such a huge part in enabling us to reach this point. Thank you!
As we look back on progress to date, and focus-in on the priorities we have for the future, we have produced the first Novō Annual Review. It’s short and to the point, full of pictures from the life of the community, and includes our budget for the Quinta Totaices project for 2017 and 2018.
Please take a few moments to click on one of the links below and celebrate with us all that God has done in and through Novō so far. We would also be grateful if you would prayerfully consider how you can partner with us as we look to see Novō go from strength to strength during 2017 and 2018.
Novō is a charity which is dedicated to pursuing a singular vision – the vision of creating transformational communities in developing nations where hurting and broken people can find healing, wholeness and hope.